AIKEN - Members of the CSRA/S.C. Master Gardeners Association and Clemson Extension Service and officials from the City of Aiken have planted a living memorial marking December as South Carolina Trees of Strength month.
The Monterey oak was planted on Pearl Harbor Day at the corner of Edgefield and Pendleton streets in memory of the 60th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack, those who lost their lives in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and emergency, fire, police and military personnel who put their lives on the line to protect others.
The ceremony featured speeches by Mayor Fred Cavanaugh, Public Safety Chief Pete Frommer, City Administrator Roger LeDuc, Marine Corps League Commandant Ed Hammons and master gardeners Sandy Randall and Andy Parlantieri.
"These are my heroes," said Chief Frommer, referring to public safety officers and the numerous calls to which they respond.
A tree is a symbol of strength.
A patriotic ribbon was tied around the trunk.
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